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Blue Buffalo Adult Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal Dry Dog Food

Purported to be formulated specifically for large breed dogs, a review of this dog food formula puts some teeth into that claim. With a great line-up of vitamins and minerals and the bone and joint support offered by essential fatty acids in fish, this dog food recipe appears to deliver on Blue Buffalo’s promise to feed pets like family. Owners will want to check out the vegetable protein content as well as the gluten-free carbohydrates.

Quick Look

NoNutritional Content InformationKcal Information – Calories Per Cup
1Protein 26.0% min. This particular formula contains 3,462 kcals per kilogram or 420 kcals per dry cup.
2Fat: 12.0% min.
3Fiber 5.0% max.
3Moisture: 10.0% max.


Although actual costs may vary, the average price for the Blue Buffalo Natural Fish and Oatmeal Recipe for Large Breed Adult Dogs is approximately $2.00 per pound. The 30lb bag is generally less than $2.00 per pound, while the 15 lb bag tends to be a bit more.


Main IngredientsInformation
Whole Ground Barley Another gluten-free complex carbohydrate, whole barley adds a low-glycemic carbohydrate that may help balance blood sugar levels.
Deboned Whitefish Generally accepted as a great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, fish is a good source of animal-based protein. It is thought to offer support for healthy joints, coat, and protection from cancer.
Peas Are a good source of complex carbohydrates, while also offering a healthy dose of dietary fiber. Because peas contain about 25% protein, it should be realized that a fair portion of the protein in this formula is plant-based.
Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids) Usually a questionable protein source, fish meal in Blue Buffalo formulas is said to contain no fish by-products. Made from high quality fish parts, this fish meal could offer an excellent source of highly concentrated animal protein as well as the essential fatty acids and other nutrients fish is thought to contain.
Oatmeal A source of complex carbohydrates, oats are absorbed slowly, releasing sugar and energy gradually, rather than overwhelming the body as simple carbohydrates may. They are a valuable source of dietary fiber, iron, and other essential vitamins. Oats are especially high in B vitamins, which may aid in breaking down fats for the nervous system and help support muscle tone, skin, hair, and eye health. Also said to contain a blend of many of the essential amino acids.
NoOther Ingredients
1 Turmeric,
2 Vitamin D3 Supplement,
3 Iron Amino Acid Chelate,
4 Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene),
5 Barley Grass,
6 Niacin (Vitamin B3),
7 Potassium Chloride,
8 Folic Acid (Vitamin B9),
9 Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product,
10 Dried Parsley,
11 Calcium Iodate,
12 Copper Amino Acid Chelate,
13 Oil of Rosemary,
14 Caramel,
15 Vitamin E Supplement,
16 Riboflavin (Vitamin B2),
17 Choline Chloride,
18 Whole Carrots,
19 Zinc Amino Acid Chelate,
20 Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1),
21 Glucosamine Hydrochloride,
22 Dried Chicory Root,
23 Beta Carotene,
24 Alfalfa Meal,
25 L-Lysine,
26 Chondroitin Sulfate,
27 Sodium Selenite,
28 Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product,
29 Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C),
30 Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae),
31 Dried Kelp,
32 Garlic,
33 Yucca Schidigera Extract,
34 Dried Egg,
35 Vitamin B12 Supplement,
36 Manganese Amino Acid Chelate,
37 L-Carnitine,
38 Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),
39 Whole Sweet Potatoes,
40 Blueberries,
41 Vitamin A Supplement,
42 Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product,
43 Cranberries,
44 Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids),
45 Whole Potatoes,
46 d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5),
47 Biotin (Vitamin B7),
48 Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6),
49 Salt,
50 Natural Fish Flavor,

AAFCO Statement

As seems to be true for all Blue Buffalo products, no AAFCO information was found for this product.

Product Overview

Blue Buffalo also offers additional nutritional information for this particular formula, including essential fatty acids, glucosamine, and chrondoitin. Of particular interest for large breeds with large bone development is the calcium and phosphorus content:

Calcium: 1.0% min.
Phosphorus: 0.9% min.
The extra bone support suggested by the vitamin D and calcium levels in fish indicates that this formula may live up to its name in providing good nutrition for large breed dogs. Because essential fatty acids are thought to support joint health, the fish could also promote healthy joints, a common concern for large breeds.

It should be noted that this formula does not rely solely on animal-based proteins, but includes a fair amount of plant-based protein due to the addition of peas. This is not a bad thing, but something owners should note. The fact that this is a gluten-free, fish-based formula seems to make it a good choice to consider.

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